National Park Service: 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Program National Youth Cooperative Agreements
The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a collaborative effort between Federal government agencies and non-profit service organizations to put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. Through the 21CSC, young people and veterans will accomplish meaningful work, and gain important personal and professional skills while building a lifelong connection to the outdoors. The 21CSC strives to achieve the following goals and objectives:
- Put Americans to Work: The 21CSC will provide service, training, education, and employment opportunities for thousands of young Americans and veterans, including low income and disadvantaged youth.
- Preserve, Protect, and Promote America’s Greatest Gifts: The 21CSC will protect, restore, and enhance public and tribal lands and waters as well as natural, cultural, and historical resources and treasures. By producing high-quality, cost-effective project work the 21CSC will also increase public access and use while spurring economic development and outdoor recreation.
- Build America’s Future: Through service to the United States of America, the 21CSC will help develop a generation of skilled workers, educated and active citizens, future leaders, and stewards of natural and cultural resources, communities, and the nation.
Amount: Approximately $30,000,000-$41,000,000 is available to make 60-80 awards ranging from $100,000-$500,000.
When projects are authorized under the Public Lands Corps Act there is a 25% cost-match inclusive of non-Federal cash and/or in-kind services and/or resources.
Eligibility: Applicants must be Section 501(c)(3) compliant.
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